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Helen M. Langrall, homemaker and community volunteer, dies

Helen M. Langrall volunteered weekly for more than 30 years at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and what is now the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.
Helen M. Langrall volunteered weekly for more than 30 years at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and what is now the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.

Helen M. Langrall, a homemaker and community volunteer, died Feb. 10 at Gilchrist Center Towson of complications from a fall. The Pickersgill retirement community resident was 96.

The former Helen Marjorie Fanseen, daughter of Foster H. Fanseen, a Baltimore attorney, and his wife, Lillian Fanseen, a floral designer, was born in Baltimore and raised in Windsor Hills.

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After graduating from Forest Park High School, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in English from Goucher College. In the late 1940s, she was the executive assistant to the Johns Hopkins University public relations director, and left in 1950 when she was expecting her first child.

In 1945, she married James Harker Langrall, who later became a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge. The couple were longtime residents of Coventry Road in Wiltondale.

Mrs. Langrall volunteered weekly for more than 30 years at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and what is now the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. She was a member of the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art and Planned Parenthood, and was an early supporter of the House of Ruth.

She was known for her gardens and festive holiday parties for family and friends, as well as her crab cakes, lemon squares and deviled eggs, family members said. She was also an inveterate traveler.

Mrs. Langrall was a member for many years of Grace United Methodist Church, where she served on the Altar Guild and as a member of its women’s auxiliary.

Her husband of 44 years died in 1989.

Plans for a celebration of life service are incomplete.

Mrs. Langrall is survived by three daughters, Nancy Langrall of Slatersville, Rhode Island, Janice Langrall of New York City, and Carole A. Langrall of Baltimore and Santa Fe, New Mexico; and two grandchildren.

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